Iconic glory

Iconic glory

Who is the King of glory? – Psalms 24:8

Psalms 24:7-10

 7 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.

 8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty; the LORD, invincible in battle.

 9 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.

 10 Who is the King of glory? The LORD of Heaven’s Armies– he is the King of glory.

The “Miracle on Ice” occurred at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, on February 22. The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games and were favored to win again. Many of the players on the Soviet team were experienced professionals. By contrast, the United States’ team was the youngest team in the tournament and in U.S. national team history.

In spite of the seemingly impossible challenges, the US team won. The victory became one of the most iconic moments of the Games and in U.S. sports. Equally well-known was the television call of the final seconds of the game by Al Michaels for ABC, in which he declared: “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the “Miracle on Ice” as the top sports moment of the 20th century.

In the Scriptures, uncleanness is transferred from one object or person to another by contact. Not so with holiness. Things are declared to be holy and set aside for the Lord’s purposes by His spoken word or by His immediate presence.

Exodus 3:5 “Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.

The Father God alone is majestic, iconic holiness. Unique and there is none like Him. He is the King of glory.

Psalm 24 recalls and celebrates the Father’s iconic glory. David conquered and took possession of the backwater city of Jebus, a Jebusite citadel. It became known as the city of David (1 Chronicles 11:5-7).

It may well be that Psalm 24 was written by David in association with his arrival with the ark of the covenant at Jerusalem. The ark is the primary place where The Father’s presence dwelt on earth during the days of the kings of Israel.

When David arrived with the ark, the presence of the Lord entered the city. And Jerusalem was forever consecrated, holy, and set aside for the Lord’s purposes. Jerusalem, the city of David was transformed into Jerusalem, the city of the Lord.

REFLECT & PRAY

The Father dwells in unmatched magnificence and glory and deserves our highest honor and commitment.

Father sadly I only get momentary glimpses of Your beautiful and delightful glory. Draw me closer that I may dwell in Your presence.

INSIGHT

Psalms 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.

The living God made the heavens, the earth, and all other created things and they are His personal possession.

It is incumbent upon each individual and each generation to seek the Father and to find Him. As believers seek to enter into and dwell in His presence, He welcomes us, and we are honored to experience the deep pleasure of His lovingkindness.

But Psalm 24 is not about us, it is all about Him. It echoes with shouts of joy and acclamation that He is the King of glory! Reflect on what this means. To be the King of glory means that to Him alone belongs the highest honor possible. There is none higher to whom we owe allegiance.

Hebrews 6:13 when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,

The Lord is not only glorious; He is the King of glory. He is the greatest in glory, the pinnacle of excellence, the mountaintop of majesty, the summit of splendor. He is over all, the eternally blessed God – Romans 9:5 (Stanley).

Psalms 24:8-10

 8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.

 9 Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!

 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.

This celebration is marked by a loud call and response, antiphony. David exclaims that the King of glory is the Lord Almighty, Creator, Sustainer, and King of all. He sings, in awestruck wonder, David proclaims that while the Father is above all, He is welcoming and intimately accessible. The King of glory is knowable in our human experience. We can know Him, be empowered by Him, and trust Him to fight on our behalf.

This Psalm is actualized in us personally when the Lord Jesus Christ enters into our hearts as our King to reign.

As children of God, we belong to three worlds: the world of creation around us, the world of the new creation within us, and “the world to come” of the wonderful final creation that will be our home for eternity (Wiersbe).

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